Long-term cancer survivorship is a recent phenomenon. It requires all healthcare professionals to develop new methods to meet the needs of survivors. In this book, I present perspectives from biomedicine, east Asian medicine, acupuncture research, clinical experience, and case studies to provide a 360-degree perspective of the topics discussed.
As a guide for practitioners, my aim is to help acupuncturists to:
- Understand the challenges faced by cancer survivors who have completed treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy)
- Understand the biomedical context of the consequences of cancer treatments
- Relate their patient’s cancer experience to the principles of east Asian medicine
- Treat some specific consequences of cancer treatment
- Work safely with cancer survivors
- Support cancer survivors on an emotional level
- Help patients come to terms with a chronic condition and adjust to the “new normal”
- Manage expectations of both patient and practitioner
- Access the research that has been conducted in this field.
How is this book unique? It is the first evidence-based, peer-reviewed book to focus on using acupuncture in cancer survivorship. It draws on nearly 25 years of experience of researching acupuncture in the supportive care of cancer survivors, and nearly 30 years of working with people living with and beyond cancer.
What people say about my book
“5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource for all practitioners! This is a remarkable book that skilfully balances the extensive knowledge of an experienced practitioner, thorough and detailed scientific research throughout, and insightful case studies, to provide readers with a valuable guide to supporting patients undergoing cancer treatment. Consequently, it is both a practical toolkit (with many treatment strategies and protocols to use with patients) and also a powerful guide to better understand the challenges that patients face. It is beautifully presented, well written and structured in a logical manner to make it easy to find the information you need if you are looking for specifics. The ‘Toasted Pericardium Sandwich’ treatment method is worth the price of the book alone! I can’t think of a single aspect of this complex topic that hasn’t been covered in this book with knowledge, insight and compassion. Highly recommended!”
“5 out of 5 stars A beautiful book – a must-have for acupuncture practitioners.” As well as being written with great insight and academic rigour there is tangible compassion and a sense of clarity and intention. The factual text is beautifully supported by the use of vignettes, case studies and personal anecdotes, which bring vitality and reality to the text! Clear illustrations and tables support the text. Diving into chapters which are immediately relevant to current areas of practice, or ‘serendipitous dipping’ will bring up pearls of wisdom which can be applied to practice on every page. A book for any practitioner to treasure. Thank you, Beverley for this gift to acupuncture practice!”
“I have nothing but praise for this thorough and thoughtful contribution to the practice of acupuncture in cancer survivorship. It is packed with evidence and wisdom…I thought this book would not only be helpful to acupuncturists, but also to other complementary therapists who want to better understand the complexity of supporting people going through a cancer experience.”
“In my opinion this book is a must for all acupuncturists who are involved with treating cancer survivors” Chapter 14 Getting My Life Back: A Detailed Case Study is “a summary of all the points made in the book and could be given as a good description of how acupuncture can be used to help the cancer survivorship.”
“5 out of 5 stars Evidence-based, clear, and accessible. Dr. Beverley de Valois has authored an accessible and evidence-based resource for acupuncturists specializing in oncology support. Peer-reviewed by numerous experts, she has meticulously assessed the evidence, presented her clinical experience, and offered a clear handbook of acupuncture as a therapy for cancer-related symptom support.”
“I honestly love reading a chapter in the morning…it is both informative and well-researched evidence-based information about cancer and its effect on the person as well as the body… I am not an acupuncturist, but I would highly recommend this as an essential book to have in your library as an oncology massage therapist.”
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